Upcoming weekend I will organise a new edition of the ‘Blueprint Denim Tour’. After two successful editions it’s now time for #3. The idea behind the tour is to show retailers the latest trends and collections from the denim exhibitors. Besides that it’s cool to meet the people behind the brands and of course other retailers so you can share your latest store experiences with each other. Looking forward to see you all during the tour.
Buddy Jeremy sended me pics from his beautiful worn-out Nudie Jeans. It was the first Grim Tim made by the Swedish denim brand. When they launched this new model it wasn’t immediately so popular, but now, a few years later, it’s one of their best sellers. Check out this great worn-out pair with a lot of repairs and different blue indigo shades. Well done Jeremy!
I came acorss this nice Levi’s Jeans documentary. The docu shows the total story about the legendary U.S. denim brand. And it shows some of the oldest pairs from their archive. It’s a kind of an ode to the mother of all jeans. The proud of America. From miners to a fashion item. They end the docu with a great line: ”There will be always blue jeans”. Relax and enjoy! Viva Levi Strauss!
Yesterday was a very special day for the Jean School in Amsterdam and in particular for some of their students. The first graduates of the first Jean School in the world received their denim diploma. This is a big milestone for this great education! I had the privilege to give one of the first lectures during the official kick-off day three years ago when this new initiative were launched. Time flies, three years later the first students finished the first blue school. The school of cool! Many congrats to Donna van Langen, Omar van Engel, Niels Mulder, Michael Bles, Julie van Luit, Soufyan Benrhziyel and Daniel Reginald Woesthoff! Wish you all the best in the denim industry and looking forward to see your denim creations in the stores! Cheers.
A few weeks ago the latest edition of Denim Boulevard was organised in Milan – Italy. This authentic denim event was three days long where you could meet and see the most cool people from the denim industry, denim brands and denim initiatives. It was all about sharing the same passion, all about denim. They had a great blue program, some highlights were: mood denim boulevard by Cory Piehowicz, museum My Archive by Antonio Di Battista, product chain by Candiani Mills, brands exhibition and finishings by Le Group. If you have missed the event, check here the pics. Bravo for the organisation of this great event! Hope to see you next year!
Came across this beauty on Ebay, Lee Jeans 101-J Rider jacket from the ’50′s. The jacket has the yellow/red tag which refers to the beginning of the ’50′s. It’s from the same period as the Levi’s 507XX jacket. This Lee jacket has an amazing embroidery on the back. The auction is opened at $ 3.499. Although this is a great jacket, this is way to high for me to place a bid, but it’s damn cool! One of the best I have seen. Check the great jacket here below.
For the upcoming Fall Winter 2015 collection Indigo People keeps exploring the traditional weaving and indigo dyeing techniques. Each product is an ultimate mixture of authentic texture, rich indigo color and authentic design that is handcrafted by passionate artisan following a long tradition and labor intensive process. Indigo People’s mission is to create unique products for indigo lovers and helping the artisanal weavers to maintain their endangered traditions. The new collection looks beautiful as always! Looking forward to see them real live on the two tradeshows, Selvedge Run – Berlin and Modefabriek Blueprint – Amsterdam. See you there!
The Dawson Jeans are all made in their own workshop in Brighton using vintage sewing machines from the 1950′s. Inspired by early 20th Century overalls. This DD03 White Selvage jeans is available with cinch back and suspender buttons or belt loops.
Some of the great details of this classic pair of indigo waist overalls are; 13 oz indigo dyed white selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality – Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s - Natural Japanese herring bone pocket bags, all pockets are fully lined. – Natural undyed leather patch, branded by hand. - Numbered product, signed by our maker. All in all a great pair in true authentic gold miners style.
Edwin Jeans made a great movie to show on a different ‘art way’ the beauty of the production process to make a pair of jeans from cotton till jeans. The movie is influenced by the liquid light shows of the 1960′s avant garde music scene and the pioneering special effects work of Douglas Trumbull. The ’Blue Movie’ is simply an allegorical ode to Indigofera Tinctoria and the colour which embodies and defines the Edwin Jeans brand. Experimentally shots using indigo suspended in various solutions and a variety of camera and lens configurations. Very nice work guys! Check the movie here below.
One my latest denim treasures is this vintage denim Powrhouse jacket from the late ’50′s or begin of the ’60′s. The jacket was sold exclusively sold through the Montgomery Ward retail chain in the U.S.A. Montgomery Ward is a department store retailer, which operated between 1872 and 2000. The jacket had original sleeves but they are cut off by their previous owner. The model of the jacket is inspired by the 507XX – Type 2 – jacket from Levi’s Jeans which came out in 1953. In those times you saw a lot of workwear brands with references to the leader in the market, Levi’s. The Powr House jacket is made with a non-selvage right hand fabric and has the 101 buttons. It has a great vintage washed out look. Check it out here below.
Interesting interview with one of the denim legends Francois Girbaud and founder of the Kingpins denim fabric fair Andrew Olah. In the interview Francois is talking about jeans, indigo, the production but the most important is his vision on future production, new methods of making vintage washings, save water and use more new techniques like laser and ozon. Check it out it’s really interesting and the future. The future of denim will be more sustainable. Enjoy!
In the South of Holland there’s a very nice new lifestyle store called M-Perception. The store owner Martijn Van Bergenhenegouwen created a new retail concept. He combined his two passions, clothing and flowers. Next to that he’s selling books, footwear and cool lifestyle products. Of course he’s also selling some denim brands like Edwin Jeans, Kings of Indigo (KOI), Butcher of Blue (the brand from Bob Rijnders / Best of Brands), etc. A true one of a kind store in the middle of the characteristic centre of Maastricht. If you’re in the neighborhood, visit this store, it’s worth it! Good luck Martijn and great that you will start selling our Butts and Shoulders brand!
Pike Brothers is coming with some great t-shirts for this summer. All army inspired shirts with a classic fit made of high standards in Portugal. Always curious how they make these kind of shirts? Check out the production video here below.
This upcoming weekend the next edition of Denim Boulevard will be organised in Milan – Italy. The authentic event is three days long (June 20 – 21 – 22) and all about denim. They made a great blue program, some highlights are: mood denim boulevard by Cory Piehowicz, museum My Archive by Antonio Di Battista, product chain by Candiani Mills, brands exhibition and finishings by Le Group. If you’re in the neighborhood, go check it! It’s a mecca for every denimhead! Check also the nice artwork done by the talented graphic designer Davide Biondi.Have a good one guys!
Developed for the oldest denim store, Rambam, in Eindhoven (the South of Holland) a trucker cap. Rambam is selling jeans, and back in the days also vinyl records, since 1974. They carry a wide range of cool denim brands like, Nudie, Denham, Lee, Levi’s, G-star, PME, etc. They are located in the main shopping street in down town centre. For the trucker cap we developed a new logo which is embroidered on patches for the caps. The caps are available in 4 different colours and made in limited quantities. Perfect for the summer! Check them out in their store.
This Wrangler ‘Blue Bell’ 11MW (Men’s Western) is in my private collection for a while. It’s an unused jeans with all the original tags like the legendary comic book. This jean is inspired by the rodeo clown pants from the ’50′s. The repro model is the 11MW which was originally introduced in 1947 when Blue Bell changed their company name into Wrangler. The original pair had the arcuate stitch (like Levi’s Jeans) but in 1948 they changed it into the now famous ‘W’ stitch. This repro pair has the great embroidered back with the advertising Jeans, Shirts and Jackets words. It’s made of a 12oz left hand fabric with non-selvage. Even these repro’s are hard to find as Wrangler stopped producing this authentic line a few years ago. Check the jean here below.
Last Sunday Paul van der Blom organised a new edition of the ‘Denim Ride Out’ in Rotterdam. The event is growing every edition and became a true indigo festival. Brands where there as well to show their latest collections or to sell their items; Paul Kruize, Butcher of Blue, Tulp Jeans, Blue Days Footwear, Oyuki Denim, Deadstock Ressurection, Mr Ed, Kurt’s, Amsterdenim, Warenmagazijn, Denim.Lab and Ger Weijsman (Red Wing shoemaker specialist) to name a few. Well done Paul! Check the pics for a review of the ‘Denim Ride Out’ 2015 edition here below.
The new Fall Winter ’15 campaign from Denham Jeans is beautiful. Kind of a blue indigo homage. It’s a collaboration with photographer Marc Haers. The new Denham campaign celebrates the journey taken from pure, unwashed “virgin” jeans to their most beautifully broken-in and naturalistic wear patterns, washed and finished in Italy. Check it out here below and check also the making of video.
One of the latest and the most innovative collaborations in the denim industry is this one with Levi’s Jeans and Google. They are developing a new denim fabric with smart technology woven into the fabric. With this fabric you can control your phone. This is a really innovatory project! Welcome to Project Jacquard.